Communicative cues in the absence of a human interaction partner enhance 12-month-old infants' word learning.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Is infants' word learning boosted by nonhuman social agents? An on-screen virtual agent taught infants word-object associations in a setup where the presence of contingent and referential cues could be manipulated using gaze contingency. In the study, 12-month-old Japanese-learning children (N = 36) looked significantly more to the correct object when it was labeled after exposure to a contingent and referential display versus a noncontingent and nonreferential display. These results show that communicative cues can augment learning even for a nonhuman agent, a finding highly relevant for our understanding of the mechanisms through which the social environment supports language acquisition and for research on the use of interactive screen media.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsuji, S; Jincho, N; Mazuka, R; Cristia, A

Published Date

  • March 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 191 /

Start / End Page

  • 104740 -

PubMed ID

  • 31855829

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0457

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0965

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104740


  • eng